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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 145.1

Papers of Anne Murray Morgan, 1890-1996


Papers of Radcliffe alumna and Harvard/Radcliffe official Anne Murray Morgan, her husband Paul Shepard Morgan, and her mother, Margaret Wessell Piersol.


  • 1890-1996

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of #6F+B.1-6F+B.4, which are extremely fragile and closed until they are digitized.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anne Murray Morgan is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


6.21 linear feet ((6 file boxes, 1 folio box, 2 folio+ boxes) plus 1 supersize folder)

This multigenerational collection includes the papers of Anne (Nancy) Murray Morgan, her husband Paul Shepard Morgan, and her mother, Margaret Wessell Piersol.

Series I, Margaret Wessell Piersol, 1890-1942 (#1.1-#4f+.4; SD.1), consists largely of school and World War I memorabilia, letters, postcards, diaries, photographs and photograph albums. Among the memorabilia from World War I are four large posters, buttons, postcards, several propaganda flyers, and a collection of newspapers containing articles about the progress of the war.

Series II, Anne (Nancy) Murray Morgan, 1926-1996 (#5.1-#8.10), consists of scrapbooks, diaries, schoolwork, photographs and photograph albums. Subseries A contains biographical information, including diaries, photographs, postcards, school materials, etc. Subseries B contains scrapbooks. Anne Murray Morgan received the Isaiah Thomas Award in 1989, and subseries C contains guest lists, programs and invitations, prepared remarks, press clippings and letters about the award ceremony. Finally, subseries D consists of files related to Morgan's service on the Radcliffe Campaign Steering Committee from 1992 to 1996.

Series III, Paul Shepard Morgan, 1928-1976 (#9.1-#9.11), consists of photographs, letters from Paul Shepard Morgan to Anne Murray Morgan, letters from Paul Shepard Morgan to his grandmother, a letter from Morgan's brother Philip Morgan to their father, and Morgan family Christmas letters.


Anne (Nancy) Murray Morgan was born on August 2, 1925, to Margaret Wessell Piersol and Robinson Murray. She lived in France, 1930-1935, Scarsdale, New York, 1935-1937, and England, 1937-1939. Murray attended Queens College School in London, England, for two years before entering Scarsdale High School, New York, in 1939. She attended Radcliffe College, class of 1946, where she was treasurer of the Radcliffe Choral Society, treasurer of the Student Government Association, chairman of the Chapel Committee, chairman of the Volunteer Services Committee, and member of the Varsity Swim Team. She married Paul Shepard Morgan, Harvard class of 1945, in 1947. He became president, CEO, and chairman of Morgan Construction Company. They have four children.

At Radcliffe College, Anne Murray Morgan was a trustee from 1973 to 1985. She served as president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association from 1973 to 1975 and was one of the first women to be elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers where she served on numerous standing and visiting committees. In 1977, she became the first woman to be elected president of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Morgan was a prominent leader in educational and cultural organizations. In Worcester, Massachusetts, she served as director of the Worcester Children's Friend Society, president of the Junior League of Worcester, Inc., first woman trustee of the Worcester Memorial Hospital, first woman president of the board of the Worcester Art Museum, member of the American Antiquarian Society, and member of the Director's Council for the Worcester Natural History Museum. She was trustee and overseer of Plimouth Plantation and also served for six years on the Smithsonian National Board and for sixteen years as a director of the People's Savings Bank of Worcester. Morgan received many awards and honors for her volunteer work and years of community service, including the Isaiah Thomas Award in 1989. The Morgan Gallery in the Worcester Art Museum is named in her honor. From 1992 to 1996, she served on the Radcliffe Campaign Steering Committee.

Margaret Wessell Piersol, mother of Anne Murray Morgan, was born on March 23, 1891, to George Arthur Piersol and Anne Wessell Steel. She graduated from Vassar College, class of 1912, with a major in history. After graduation, Piersol taught at the Mary Lyon School in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, while studying for a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She was preparing her dissertation when, in 1917, she volunteered to go to Europe as a nurse's aide with the American Red Cross. She was stationed in France from 1917 to 1919. It was during this time in France that Piersol corresponded with, and became engaged to, Robinson Murray. Their marriage took place in Paris, France, on January 29, 1919.

Robinson Murray, Anne Murray Morgan's father, was born on December 31, 1890, in Roslindale, Massachusetts, to George Henry Murray and Sarah Octavia Robinson. After graduating from Harvard University in 1912, Murray worked in advertising until he enlisted in the United States Army. Murray served as an intelligence officer in the Third Division, Thirty Eighth Infantry, American Expeditionary Force in France, eventually rising to the rank of captain. Murray was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion D'Honneur from the French government as well as the Distinguished Service Cross and the Victory Medal from the United States. After returning from France, Murray resumed his career in the advertising business.

Margaret Wessell Piersol and Robinson Murray had three children: Robinson Murray Jr., Margaret Piersol Murray, and Anne (Nancy) Piersol Murray. Over the course of Anne Murray Morgan's lifetime, the family lived in Pennsylvania (until 1930), France (1930-1935), England (1937-1939), and Scarsdale, New York. Upon retirement in 1950, Robinson Murray and Margaret Wessell Piersol moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts, where Robinson Murray continued his painting in abstract form and exhibited in many venues. Margaret Wessell Piersol died on October 13, 1974. Robinson Murray died on January 7, 1984.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I: Margaret Wessell Piersol, 1890-1942
  2. Series II. Anne (Nancy) Murray Morgan, 1926-1996
  3. ___Subseries A. Biographical
  4. ___Subseries B. Scrapbooks of Anne (Nancy) Murray Morgan
  5. ___Subseries C. Isaiah Thomas Award, 1989
  6. ___Subseries D. Radcliffe Campaign Steering Committee, 1992-1996
  7. Series III. Paul Shepard Morgan, 1928-1976

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R2006-16

These papers were given to the Radcliffe Archives by Anne Murray Morgan in November 2006 and September 2007.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Anne Murray Morgan, 1905-2001 (SC 145.).

Processing Information

Processed: September 2007

By: Michael Thompson

Morgan, Anne Murray, 1925-. Papers of Anne Murray Morgan, 1890-1996: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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